I know many people may have thought I had disappeared for good but nope, I am back. This year has been rough and I have had to dig deep to get through it. Both parents have been ill and while my mum has rallied and is better sadly we are in the process of the long goodbye with my dad.
I delayed this post from yesterday in honour of the Queen’s funeral but I am hoping to get back to using this platform on a regular basis again. I appreciate it will take a while to build it back up, likewise my website paulaacton.co.uk. I will be working extra hard as I have a lot of exciting things going on over the next twelve months and I can’t wait to share it all with you.
꧁༒☬𝓐𝓿𝓪𝓲𝓵𝓪𝓫𝓵𝓮 𝓯𝓸𝓻 𝓟𝓻𝓮-𝓞𝓻𝓭𝓮𝓻☬༒꧂
A collection of stories previously printed in anthologies mixed with some new stories from the dark recesses of my imagination
It has been a while since I logged into WordPress and I guess it will take me a while to adapt to this new look and I am most disappointed they took away the classic editor which I preferred over this. However, that is not the reason I am here today, normally Monday means a book review but today it is a shameless plug for a charity anthology I am part of. I really enjoyed writing this and hope you will enjoy not only my story but all the others included. The book was intended to launch for the Indie Love Signing in Cardiff which should have been happening this weekend but now has had to be cancelled until 2023. This book will be available for a limited time, but will be available again closer to the actual signing.
Tales of knights, dragons and curses are not just for children.
Join us as we get up close and personal with mythical creatures, magical moments and dashing quests for love as Indie Love presents The Myths & Legends Collection.
From Egyptian Gods to Arthurian legends, Robin Hood to Hades, there is something for everyone.
With 7 exclusive stories available for a limited time, are you ready for an epic romance?
You can grab your copy here but the 99p offer is ending very soon.
Time is running out to grab your copy, this book is only available until the end of this month after that it is gone forever, although you may be able to get continued versions of some stories, I confess I am undecided at this point what to do about mine, but it will definitely be the last time you will be able to get all the stories in their original format together,
And if you need another reason to stick your hand in your pocket and buy then remember it is raising money for #AutismUK, as you all know my son is autistic and even though he is high functioning the last six months have been hard. I am lucky that I can manage his issues and we have coping strategies in place, I managed to get help when it was needed but for many others this charity is a lifeline, and we all know that in times where everyone is struggling charities are hit hard as no one has that spare cash to donate.
So don’t just donate, but a book, get it on kindle, read it on Kindle Unlimited and you get a great read and somewhere out there a family gets a helping hand.
This was the first time I had ever given a live talk on a subject around writing, I do not claim to be an expert but I am on the learning journey and enjoyed sharing a little of what I have learnt so far.
I hope that in the future I will get to do more of these types of things, and any feedback will be gratefully received as long as it is constructive.
In all things there must be a balance, light can only shine if darkness exists, good can only be realised if there is evil with which to compare it.A young woman born to fulfil an ancient prophecy is trapped by fate into a world of violence, lust, love and madness. Can she sacrifice herself to save her way of life and the lives of those she cares for, even if it means betraying those she loves most?*The book does contain scenes of sexual violence and torture which some readers may find disturbing*
5.0 out of 5 stars Can I please give this more than five stars?
24 December 2017 Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This is not the type of book I would usually read as I’m not a fan of fantasy stories as a rule but I met the author at a book signing and being as she was a new author to me I was intrigued to read some of her work and boy am I glad I did. The story is stunning, each word creating a visual in the mind that is breath taking. The characters are wonderfully thought out, each being strong in their own way, the story is well placed and seriously well thought out, there was a perfect balance between the action in the story and the peaceful moments that lead you perfectly throughout the intricacy of the web that this author wove. Gah I’m not even sure I’m making sense right now, that is how much this story has blown my mind. My only advice would be to read it and see just what I mean. Brilliant absolutely brilliant!
5.0 out of 5 stars Remarkable
28 June 2018 Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Well, what can I say about this book? It really felt like I was being transported through time and space to another world far from my own. I was able to delve into the world that this author has built up very easily and quickly found myself immersed in this book. Extremely well written and the world-building was incredible. I really cared about the characters and followed their lives as though I was really there. Remarkable.
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark and unsettling
15 May 2018 Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This book is fantasy set so dark ages and magic aplenty.
It is not for the faint hearted mind or those with triggers of abuse.
There are some spelling errors throughout but all told an interesting read, I look forward to the next in the series.
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable book
22 January 2017 Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Very well written and a good story line albeit a bit grusome at times, now waiting for the rest of the books to be published.
A collection of hard-hitting stories from some of the most talented of today’s authors, written for the Shenanigans @ The West Midlands Book Signing.Short stories that show the side of men which is all too often hidden.Based on subjects that include Survival, Depression, Suicide, Loss and Overcoming fear. Delve into a world that will open your eyes to the unspoken and forbidden lives of men.All proceeds will go to Calm. The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is an award-winning charity dedicated to preventing male suicide, the single biggest killer of men under the age of forty-five in the UK. Surprisingly on average, in 2015 76% of all UK suicides were male – let’s work together to change this. https://www.thecalmzone.net/***Disclaimer- Some of the content in this book can cause triggers for some. Also, contains profanity, erotic scenes and only suitable for readers 18+***
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this Anthology!
2 April 2019 – Published on Amazon.com
I really enjoyed this Anthology. The proceeds go to benefit Suicide in Men, and each story tells a different side of how a man feels when he doesn’t know how to go on, and how he deals with it. I found each story inspirational and highly recommend this Anthology.
Moral Compass – Martin Tracey
This is an enjoyable short about gangsters and mafia men and the detective who wants to bring them down. But this detective also has a bit of a kinky side. There is murder, mystery and lust scattered throughout.
Heart Mended – Manda Mellett
What an amazing story of second chances. Heart’s wife passed away years prior and he thought he would never get over her. He was despondent and depressed. Can a new love heal his broken heart? Will his deceased wife give her blessing? This story will give you all the feels and I loved each and every word.
Surviving Me – Sienna Grant
What do you do when you get in over your head? This story deals with Simon and Evie, a married couple with a young child. While Evie thinks everything is okay, Simon is dealing with some things he is afraid to tell his wife for fear of losing her. He knows he should talk to her, but he just can’t. This story is about taking on too much burden and dealing with that stress. I think many people will be able to relate to this story.
My Biggest Battle Yet – Jennah Thornhill
As everyone knows, PTSD is a very real thing and this short clearly and eloquently describes it to a T. Blake had been in the service, and some things happened to him and he feels is all his fault. After meeting Gabi, a doctor, he starts to think maybe his life is worth it. This story will definitely make you understand more about PTSD. A great read.
Crashing Together – TA Andrews
When an accident ends up with Jenson in the hospital, he felt he had nothing to live for. Until he meets Helen, a young woman also going thru pain from an accident. He is miserable and mean to everyone around him until she shows him life really isn’t all that bad. I really enjoyed the interaction between these characters and you will too.
Staring Into The Abyss – Paul Acton
This story really hits you in the heart. The story of Steve, whose upbringing left him scarred in the mind, is a compelling story of abuse. When Steve wants to end his life, he meets someone who changes his life. This story will keep you captivated from beginning to end.
Explosive Love – Toni Bolton
When Josh returns home from the service after being at war, he is angry and intense but doesn’t know why. He comes from a military family, and PTSD is not real according to his Father. When he meets Pat, a beautiful Veterinarian, he feels maybe they can have a relationship, but he knows he needs to get better first. This story tells a true depiction of a military person coming to terms that he needs to change his life. An enjoyable read.
5.0 out of 5 stars great stories
7 April 2019 – Published on Amazon.com
What a great book..Some of these Authors where new to me but now I have to read them all..And this is for a very good cause!.. Thank You all
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
2 April 2019 – Published on Amazon.com
What a great cause must of the authors are new to me except Manda loved Heart and Marc short Novella
The contributors were asked to write a poem based on the book cover image. Unsurprisingly, many of the poems featured are dominated by the elements. The writers touch upon various subjects, however and readers are sure to discover a flavour they will enjoy. All proceeds of this collection will be shared between homeless charities both in the UK and US, reflecting the international collaboration behind this project.
A stunningly simple idea to write a poem based on the cover image! Some amazing poems that called to my heart and I can’t wait to get the paperback copy!!
5.0 out of 5 stars A place to belong
15 February 2019 – Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
This book was amazing! What caught my eye was that it was an anthology of poetry using the cover art as a prompt. And then, for charity! And the charity was homelessness! Wow!
There are a number of poems here that floored me. There are also some rather bleak drawings. However, there is one poem that I’ve return to repeatedly called “The Longest Road” by T.F.Webb:
“I walked the longest road
In rainy days and shadows
And misery paved the way
Drowning under grey cascades
Wading through tattered blooms
I dragged shredded feet
To the endless dirge of carrion caws
A bag of bones
Tinged green and aching
Silent and alone.”
Having worked in shelters in my career, I could just picture “D” or “J” working as a day laborer, trying to get beyond that financial fence that lay between them and more permanent housing, and I weep too.
Thank you Sarah Michelle Lynch for the courage to solicit these poems to help others. Highly recommended 5/5
5.0 out of 5 starsSimply Amazing!
17 March 2019 – Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
As always Sarah brings together a list of authors worthy of a great collection. This anthology is not only a snippet of what each author can create, but a window into their feelings. Again, well done, hope there is more to come.
“A lovely collection I will read again and again. And for such a great cause is a bonus!” This anthology asks a lot of questions, and answers many, too. What wisdom would you impart to your younger self? Or would you not do anything differently? Is there anything to pre-warn yourself of? Or does everything happen for a reason? Hear from various poetic voices as they write to their younger selves. If only we knew then, what we know now. **All proceeds of this book will be donated to the MAKE A WISH UK charity**
There are many questions we ask ourselves as we go through life. One that frequently arises is ‘Would I change anything in my past?’ Whilst none of us can alter our histories we can all look back and ponder what we would have advised our younger selves carrying the knowledge we have now.
That is exactly what this anthology does from the point of view of all of the contributing authors. They have done an exceptional job of communicating a vast range of emotions. Each poem that I read inspired me. In some it was the sadness evoked, in others it was the familiarity with the subject matter involved; in all it was the strength and fighting spirit that the authors show as adults who have come through different experiences.
What this book proves is that we are not all so different; that we are all survivors that grow and show strength in many different ways. Although we can’t advise our younger selves on how to do things differently we can advise the next generation. I will be handing the copy to my children to have a read so they can see how strong we can all be.This book is a gem worth every single star.
The bonus is that the proceeds go to an extremely worthy cause.
Wow what an amazingly beautiful series of poems to your younger self. A note to myself I loved every single one of these and could feel myself agree with every Single one of them. It’s hard growing up and looking back we all wish we could tell our younger selves why we shouldn’t and to listen to what what we should have done instead of what we did do. I loved this and would recommend as a must read or a present to the younger self like a niece/nephew/godchild anyone younger to let them know it’s ok to feel different it’s ok to feel like that we all do at some point we just don’t share it widely. Go buy it now and you will be helping an amazing charity out as well.
I love anthologies, I especially love them when proceeds go to charity. The chosen charity for this anthology of poems is the Make a Wish Foundation UK, a most worthy cause. I love the topic for all these poems, and I love all the different takes on this one subject (it’s all in the title). Poetry books are not my norm, but a couple of my favourite authors have taken part in this anthology, hence I knew I would love it, and love it I did. 28 authors and 28 poems and I loved them all. Wonderful words. Wonderful cause.
This anthology is packed with heartwarming, inspiring and thought provoking poetry. Each writer has brought something new to the concept and after reading it from cover to cover you can’t help but wonder what you would say to your younger self. Beside being a wonderful read, this book is also helping to raise money for the make a wish foundation which is truly wonderful
I love a good poetry collection and this one is not to be missed!! There is not a poem in this book that will not tug at your own heartstrings and maybe make you recall a moment from your youth or teenage years. Well worth buying and all proceeds going to a great cause!!
‘She was just eating her meal when she smelled a male wolf nearby – not one of her own. She watched him warily as he came slowly toward the three pups that were out the enclosure again.’ Lost Mate, Terry Spear – US Today Bestseller
Featuring poems, stories and haiku with the theme of wolves and the truth as each author perceives it.
Discover wolves in a sci-fi setting, followed by in character views of wolves in their natural settings and in conflict with humans.
All proceeds go to Artisan Rarebreeds.
Registered Charity Number
With stories, poems and haiku from Ylva and Rose DelaWulf, Sherrill Willis, Zakira Salem, Krystal O’Brien, L. Anne Wooley, Shelley Walsh, Eleanor Musgrove, Delbert McGill, Michael E. Herman, Melina Turner, Caio Henrique Tavares, Yanick Zolnerciks, Paula Acton, Philip Tolhurst, John C. Scott, Jessica Kuilan Gonzalez, Dee Martin, Danielle Newman, James Don, Caryn Moya Block, Danielle Webster, Shawnee Luke and Lisa Miller.
This book was a brilliant idea that has allowed a charity to prosper.
The stories in this book were a delight to read as were the poems, each different and unique in their own way I absolutely loved reading this.
Brilliant! I loved the mixture of different stories and poems, each story and poem was a delight to read and I love at the same time of purchasing this book I have helped out a charity. Great work by all the authors involved.
This is a great collection of poems and short stories which makes a fascinating read. However, it was let down by the formatting. I was reading it on my kindle and the story line breaks were all over the place, making fluid reading impossible. It’s a shame because the stories are good, but you really have to persevere to get through them.
I enjoyed this very much. It’s about time that these creatures were respected and reflected as the magnificent creatures that they are. This is a delightful collection of stories and poems and each one is as fantastic as the others. An absolute bargain of an anthology. You won’t want to miss this. If wolves are your passion I would suggest picking this up right away.
What can I say? This project is incredible! The stories and poems are filled with heart, and every word is a joy to read. This anthology is donating to a great cause, and there are entries in here to please everyone. You should definitely pick this up, I am sure you will find something you can enjoy!
Voices Across The Void is a collection of ghostly tales, not all ghosts are friendly but they all want to be heard, this collection is told many from the other side, with as many emotions as they displayed in life they want your attention now, so the question remains, are you listening?
Paula is a talented writer and I would recommend this book for everyone. Great read. Don’t miss it. Excellent book.
5.0 out of 5 stars This was a good book
29 December 2017 – Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
If you’re into mystery, suspension, with a touch of scary, then Voices Across The Void, is the book for you. This book will give you all of that, and some surprise emotions as well.
There were several stand-out stories for me; The Cottage was one of them, this was a story about redemption, closer, and self evaluation. At least, that’s how I felt while reading. The Hospital was another mind bender, though tragic, it was also beautiful at the same time. Finally; The Bluebell Woods, I don’t have enough words to express how this one story touched me. The emotions I felt while reading, surprised, and shocked me. I went from fear to anger so fast, that I had to take a break, and stop reading. The Bluebell Woods is my worst damn nightmare! To read it; had me crying, feeling bitter, laughing, and towards the end rejoicing.
This was a great book; it kept me entertained during the holidays and on these cold, and blustery days and nights.
5.0 out of 5 stars Chilling
30 June 2018 – Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Incredibly well written. Each tale was as chilly and frightening as the last. I really loved reading this and the author is extremeley talented in making you feel uneasy reading this. This book is sure to make your spine tingle. Just be careful when you glance over your shoulder reading this. You never know who may be lurking. Muahahaha